Monday, January 27, 2014

King Aethelstan the Glorious


I was in Wiltshire at the weekend and decided to drop in on King Aethelstan who was buried in Malmesbury Abbey in 939. He was the grandson of King Alfred the Great and I was wondering if his bones may be used for the DNA match with Alfred.
Here's a photo of Aethelstan's tomb which was built in his commemoration in the fourteenth century. His poor nose has been swiped by somebody. The tomb does not mark the spot of the grave. The bones are somewhere under the Abbey floor but their exact location is unknown so he can't be disinterred. RIP Aethelstan the Glorious!

6 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

He's obviously omnipresent in the abbey. I like that. Does he wonder around at night?

3:27 pm  
Anonymous Portinari said...

Next time at Swinbrook near Burford take a look inside the small church to see the most interesting Fettiplace knights in armour ans outside the church you will find all the Mitford girls except one. I was there by chance when Diana's (Guinness then Mosley) ashes were buried.

5:14 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I know that church, Portinari. Have you been to The Swan recently? It's been taken over by the (Dowager) Duchess.

8:18 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Maybe he does, ED. Maybe it was he who took the nose.

8:19 pm  
Anonymous Portinari said...

The neighbouring daughter in law went to The Swan a couple of days ago. She reports favourably. Reverting to Aethelstan I hope you saw the excellent prog by Michael Wood (BBC 4) on Monday night.

7:52 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I see that President Hollande also went there! Thank you for mentioning the programme - I'll watch it x

9:21 am  

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